U Of I Extension Center News – December 6, 2017

U Of I Extension Center News – December 6, 2017

Beef Quality Assurance Training In Mt. Vernon

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a national program designed by cattlemen and cattlewomen, delivered by cattlemen and cattlewomen, for cattlemen and cattlewomen.
BQA equips producers with production strategies and general skills to maintain animal care and performance to ensure a safe, quality food supply.

BQA is offered at the Farm Credit Building in Mt. Vernon on December 14.

By now, you as a beef producer realize that the beef business is a consumer-driven business. Grassroots programs, like BQA trainings, are the foundation to reinforcing consumer confidence and securing a bright future for cattle farms. By becoming BQA certified, a producer is not only helping secure a bright future for beef, but also refining management practices and handling qualities that can help improve the bottom-line.

The first question producer’s ask is “What is the benefit of the certification to me?”

By becoming BQA certified, a producer has hard evidence of the passion and carefulness that they display on a daily basis when caring for animals. As the consumer is further removed from farming and agriculture, it is more important to document your commitment to BQA practices.

BQA also equips producers with skills and knowledge to reduce or eliminate carcass defects, carcass bruising, and animal stress. All while keeping you up to date on the newest beef industry news, improving record keeping, opening premium market opportunities, and simply put… it is the right thing to do!

If you are not BQA certified or your certification is out-of-date, I encourage you to join your fellow cattle producers in becoming certified. To register, or for more information, call the Illinois Beef Association Office at 217-787-4280.

Holiday 4- H Food Drive

Washington County 4-H is seeking food donations through January 15 for a local youth backpack program. Food items collected should be things that will fit in s small cinch sack. Specifically, things that a child can heat easily in the microwave, have a longer shelf life, or are healthy no-prep snacks.

Donations will be distributed through an anonymous program that provides assistance to youth who may struggle with healthy meals at home after school and on weekends.

A growing number of youth rely on school meals as their main food source daily.

Programs like this one strive to make sure those children have meals and snacks available when school is not in session.

Non-perishable donations can be dropped off at the Washington County Extension Office, 9623 Wall St. in Nashville. For more information, contact the Extension Office at 618-327-8881 or follow us on Facebook at Washington County, Illinois 4-H.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.